Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Austin!

Dear Austin,
Happy 1st Birthday, sweet boy! I vividly remember the day you were born and it seems like yesterday. It was a year ago that you came into the world by an emergency C-Section. Your daddy exclaimed, “he’s beautiful!” I had to stay in recovery for a while and all I could think about was holding you. I was finally able to hold you about an hour ½ after you were born. I instantly felt a love like never before. There wasn’t any mention of Down syndrome that first day, but the first doctor that checked you out said further testing would be a good idea…just to be safe and due to my quad test. He said you looked great. The second day in the hospital, you opened your soulful eyes and looked directly into mine. At that moment, I just knew. I knew you had Down syndrome. I didn’t tell anyone at the time. A few doctors thought it was a possibility, but said they couldn’t be for sure. 2 ½ weeks after you were born, we were informed that you did, in fact, have Down syndrome. I was scared that the world wouldn’t accept you and love you like Daddy and I do. The beginning of our journey was difficult and there were days when I didn’t quite understand God.

Daddy and I have chosen to embrace your extra chromosome. We wouldn’t have you any other way. You have the BEST personality. You’re always on the move and rarely sit still. Sometimes I wonder if I feed you enough because I know you burn tons of calories due to the fact that you’re ALWAYS moving. As much as you love to move, you’re typically very content just sitting with your Daddy and watching T.V when he gets home from work. Daddy and I describe you as “feisty.“ We love that you’re feisty. You came into this world to do amazing things and I’m certain your “feisty(ness)” will work to your advantage.

God gave us our most perfect blessing when he gave us you. You’re a beautiful boy with a beautiful soul. Your life IS worth living. You’ve accomplished so much this year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! You’re blessed with amazing grandparents, family and friends. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you and love you more than anything.